Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish retired the first 17 batters, Texas hit five home runs and the Rangers beat the Royals 8-4 Monday in a game that turned testy.
Andres Torres lost an apparent leadoff double in the ninth inning when he was called out for missing first base, and the Cardinals held off the Mets 5-4 Monday.
Tony Abreu, appearing in his eighth game since his Aug. 8 promotion from Triple-A Omaha, delivered a two-run two-out second inning single.
The NL East-leading Nationals took three of four from St. Louis and passed their 80-win total from last season.
David Freese hit a home run, drove in three runs and had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game skid with a 10-9 win over the Washington Nationals.
Joe Mauer got his third career grand slam and Chris Parmelee added a three-run shot in the Twins win over the Royals 8-7 to complete a doubleheader.
Former first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston, fullback Ovie Mughelli and running back Chase Reynolds were among the players cut by the St. Louis Rams.
Along with cutting the two veterans, Kansas City waived 17 players and placed defensive back De'Quan Menzie and quarterback Alex Tanney on injured reserve.
Perfect through three innings, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (17-7) held the suddenly anemic St. Louis lineup hitless through four innings en route to a 10-0 complete game shutout.
Jeremy Guthrie effectively into the eighth inning and Alex Gordon hit a home run to lead the Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight stellar innings Thursday night as the Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the punchless Cardinals.
Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in the first 1 1/2 quarters, giving the Rams an early lead in a 31-17 preseason win on Thursday night.
Green Bay backup quarterback Graham Harrell drove for touchdowns on all three of his possessions and the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3 Thursday night.
While going through rehab from knee surgery, St Louis Rams center Scott Wells and his wife finalized the adoption of three orphans from Uganda, a process that took nearly 18 months.
The Royals beat the Tigers for the second consecutive night. They did it with pitching and defense Wednesday night, getting Chen's best start of the year and turning a pair of inning-ending double plays to help him out.
Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez continued his season-long dominance of the Cardinals on Wednesday. His three-run shot in the third inning gave him seven home runs and 23 RBI in 15 games against St. Louis this year as Pittsburgh moved within one game of the NL's second wild card spot.
Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs and went 4 for 5 for Pittsburgh, which beat St. Louis 9-0 Tuesday to pull within two games of St. Louis in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot.
Moustakas secured the 9-8 win over the Tigers with a two-run single. The Royals' 2-through-6 hitters — Escobar, Gordon, Butler, Perez and Moustakas — combined for 12 hits and nine RBIs.
At 1-2 going into Thursday's final 2012 tuneup at Green Bay, Kansas City is a woebegone 7-28 in preseason games since 2004.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th home run, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett, to put St. Louis ahead for good in a 4-3 victory over Monday night at Pittsburgh.